Moderate Cardiac Ischemia

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Neurvous Girl
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   Posted 5/14/2016 6:41 PM (GMT -6)   
For a couple of years I have gone into what was told was anxiety and panic attaches. My pulse and blood pressure seemed to just go crazy from time to time, along with a burning sensation in my chest.

After a number of ER visits that came back as nothing. The past 5 months we have been doings tests, Echo, stress test and nuclear stress test and have been told I have moderate cardiac ischemia, probablliy due to a blockage. I am told the damage is irreversible so now it's lifestyle changes, medications and possible angioplasty.

I was told for mild ischemia them are not sure what the best treatment is. Meds or invasive angioplasty. I don't know, all I am thinking is I just turned 56 today, and is this all a nightmare!

I was told I can go into a study where you are a number and the choose what course to follow. I am get confused and fill like I have been handed a death sentence. Please help with any info you have. Thank you!

theHTreturns...
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   Posted 5/15/2016 2:03 AM (GMT -6)   
not enough blood flow happening, usual cause is athersclorosis. hope I spelled it right, am vision challenged. angioplasty is real common nowadays, the balloon to blow em up a bit, ya arteries. other co morbidities are worse for possible cad, me with diabetes, cholesterol, hypertension, etc. sounds like an angiogram is needed to see the size of the blockage. stents can be put in then, and the angioplasty as well. less invasive than having ya chest cracked open. trust me. diet and excercize and meds do help, but if ya blockage is big, or more than 1, then see what the cardiologist reckons. and can be dependent on size and location that factor into surgery. just wanted to say hey and welcome. I don't reckon your ready for the toe tag yet. I nearly had 2 of them, and I am still here, with a handsome scar going down my chest!!! keep strong.
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Neurvous Girl
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   Posted 5/15/2016 6:44 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you, this is all so new and scary for me, thought if I could find people that have been through this, I would not feel so much like a walking time bomb.

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   Posted 5/15/2016 6:51 AM (GMT -6)   
hoping others pop in. forum can be slow. a lot just read only. I had a double by-pass. still learning, but trying to help out a little here. meet and greet. others are far more knowledgeable. I am just a turtle looking for his daily greens to munch. I guess I have been around awhile here. others longer, however helping others a little helps me a little too. take care. keep posting.
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Pratoman
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   Posted 5/15/2016 7:38 AM (GMT -6)   
Nervous girl, don't depend on the ER, get to a cardiologist.
If it's a blockage, angiogram is not the worst thing, I had one last June, had two stents inserted, and I feel better than ever.

You should actually ask for a Heart Scan and CAC score. It's a CT scan of the heart and arteries, and it will show if you have blockages, and give you a score for plaque. Mine was 937, off the charts, and I wasted months worrying I was gonna die. Then I completely changed my lifestyle, eating habits, exercise, and I feel great.
Get a full work up by a good cardiologist , then knowing that you are doing everything possible to stay healthy and improve your chances, don't waste a day worrying, you'll never get that day back.

I know it's easier said than done, I worry too, but worrying alone can cause more plaque (not saying you have plaque, you don't really know if you do)
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jujub
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   Posted 5/15/2016 9:39 AM (GMT -6)   
My husband has had two angioplasties and has three stints in place. Both procedures were done via cardiac catheterization, a catheter inserted through the groin and threaded into the heart. An overnight stay in the hospital and he was home. He had restricted activity for a few weeks, but now does everything he wants to do.
I agree, you need to be seeing a cardiologist on a regular basis. The ER is a very poor choice. If you go in and it's a true emergency, they will pick your cardiologist for you and you will have no say in the matter. Also, you stand the chance of being mis-triaged and waiting for hours to be seen while your heart muscle dies. Please see a cardiologist ASAP.
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Neurvous Girl
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   Posted 5/15/2016 12:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you for the encouragement, I want to be able to live my life and not be afraid all the time. I have really bad anxiety as it is, the ischemia study makes you a number and they choose randomly if you will have medication alone with lifestyle changes or an angioplasty. Is it better to have them pick? So unsure....

Pratoman
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   Posted 5/15/2016 1:16 PM (GMT -6)   
If it were me, I would want to make my own medical decision and not leave it to chance. I would study and read and learn, and make an informed medical decision.
Dx Age 64 Nov 2014, 4.3
BX 3 of 12 cores positive original pathologyG6, G6, G8 (3+5)
downgraded to 3+3=6 by Dr Epstein, JH
RALP with Dr Ash Tewari Jan 6, 2015
Post surgical pathology – G7 (3+4), ECE, Margins, LN, SV all negative
PSA @ 6 weeks 2/15, .<02, 4/15 <.02 7/15 <.02, 10/15 0.00 (new lab) , 1/16, 0.00
My Story: tinyurl.com/oo9x4aq

theHTreturns...
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   Posted 5/15/2016 9:36 PM (GMT -6)   
i'm with pratoman with that as well.
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Neurvous Girl
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   Posted 5/15/2016 9:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes thank you, I agree I need as much information as a can get to make an informed decision that will be best for me. It is all so scary, the unknown. Being afraid of living and dying is a frightening thing!

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   Posted 5/15/2016 11:09 PM (GMT -6)   
keep strong.
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"COMPLEXITY IS MY WAY OF EXPRESSING MY NEEDS IN A MANNER THAT IS NEITHER DESTRUCTIVE, NOR NEGATIVE"
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